Model IELTS General Task 1 Essay: Planning a Holiday (Informal)

Oct 21, 2020 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Writing

This is a model answer for an informal IELTS Writing Task 1 letter to a friend.

This letter is likely to score from 8.5-9.0 on test day.

It follows this general template…

  1. Salutation
  2. 1st and 2nd paragraph about bullet point 1
  3. 3rd Paragraph about bullet point 2
  4. 4th Paragraph about bullet point 3
  5. Sign off

The Question

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

This year you are planning to holiday abroad. You would like to invite your friend and his wife to go with you.

Write a letter to this friend. In your letter

  • explain why you have decided to travel abroad
  • describe the plans you have made 
  • tell him/her why you are inviting them

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,


IELTS General Task 1 Informal Model Letter inviting a friend on holiday by Andrew Turner @

The Answer


Dear Sam,

I hope you have been keeping well. The pandemic certainly brought challenges, and I am pleased they are now in the rearview mirror!

The majority of last year was spent in lockdown – and I live on the twentieth floor of an apartment block with no access to a garden or even any greenery. Now that we finally have an effective vaccine, my feet are itching to travel again – and where better than the wide-open steppes of Mongolia! 

I have been in touch with a Mongolian tour agency and negotiated a two-week tour which includes seeing the last truly wild horse species; a visit to snow leopard territory; and a visit to see a nomadic family on the edge of the Gobi.

The tour is far more cost-effective when travelling as a group of five – and I would like to invite yourself and Claire to join my family. I know that visiting Mongolia is something on your bucket list too! 

What do you think! 

All the best,


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